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Torcello Island, Venice

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Spend a few hours on Torcello Island, and you'll understand why Ernest Hemingway chose this as his writing base in 1948. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta dates back to 639 CE and houses 11th- and 12th-century Byzantine art, including a depiction of the Last Judgment. Look out from the bell tower for views of the countryside. The island also is home to two 14th-century palaces, the Palazzo dell'Archivo and the Palazzo del Consiglio. The latter, originally the seat of the island's government, is now a museum. Stop by Locanda Cipriani, the restaurant and hotel where Hemingway wrote "Across the River and Into the Trees." Plan to visit Torcello Island during your Venice vacation using our convenient Venice tourist route planner.
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  • You can reach Torcello directly from Venice on the No. 12 water bus (which also serves Murano, Burano, and other major points in the northern Lagoon). The quickest is to walk to boats stops line's at ...  more »
  • Burano over only a few minutes by vaporetto, then that is reached at Isola di Torcello. First the Romanesque cross-dome Chapel Santa Tosca from the 11th century and then the nearby Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta with grossarttiken mosaics on a gold background. At the rear the representation of the last judgment.
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  • If you have limited time, it is better to make the impasse on Murano and its glassworks, devrais I say glassware on Torcello and its Byzantine mosaics of inspiration... moment of grace not to be missed under any circumstances...
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